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Graduation Day

By admin | In Athlete Profiles, Events and Announcements | on December 22, 2010

Today Nick R., one of CFI’s oldest members, graduates from the Henderson Fire Academy.  This has been a long journey for him that I have been fortunate enough to have witnessed from the very beginning.   I remember the day Nick told me he applied for this job and I couldn’t help but feel both proud and sad at the fact that we wouldn’t have him in the gym regularly anymore.

You see, Nick has been an inspiration since he started CrossFit.  I was fortunate enough to take him through his Foundations class in July of ’09.  He was a beast that could and would embrace the suck of a hellacious metcon.   Soon after he hurt his hip pretty badly while surfing, he still had to be physically restrained from overtraining while injured.  Let’s put it this way, he showed up at a park WOD 2 days after having major hip surgery!   (He also is responsible for helping move those mats we have into the gym, which was no small feat) However, once he knew he was going into the academy, his training matured exponentially.  He no longer ignored his injuries and began to rein in and focus on training and rehab.  He surprised his own doctors by his recovery rate.

I’ll let Nick tell you about his experience in his own words:

Both physically and mentally, there is no way that I would have been able to complete this academy if it wasn’t for CrossFit Intrepid and everybody involved with the gym.  The primary reason for my success was that I prepared to succeed through working out at the box.  The commitment there from all levels is amazing.  From the members just showing up every day knowing they are about to get their ass kicked by brutal workout, through the trainers who program effectively and methodically to make sure that we all progress rather than stay stagnant or regress.  Especially with my recovery from surgery, that kind of planning ahead was huge and definitely sped up my recovery, and hence my ability to prepare for the academy, so for that, Ruth, Sean, and Marcus, thank you for being so commited.

A lot of my non crossfit friends ask me why I wanted to be a firefighter-paramedic rather than just a paramedic or maybe have gone to medical school, and I try to explain it to them but they don’t really understand.  You guys will though, and here is why:  To me, other than the military application, firefighting is the other most common job where there is a direct and constant CrossFit type fitness performance requirement.  On fires we work in 10 minute rotational, high intensity, high heat (academy topped out between 500 and 600 degrees, highest oral temp reading on me was 104), heavy weight work cycles, where you never know when you are going to need to lift a car, break through the walls of a house to escape, or lift a 250 pound unconscious dead-weight patient off the floor and out of the house, all while wearing 70 to 100 pounds of gear yourself working at maximum heart rate, and with no warmup (that’s the only pain in the but, the next fire i go to I’m totally bustin out 10 burpees before going in!  pretty sure that would win the guerilla burpee competitions hands down!).

All joking aside though, by bringing two things I am passionate about together, the medical aspect of my job and the phsyical, crossfit style work with the firefighting application, I couldn’t be happier.  I just need you guys to know I could not have done it without you.  So for all of you that pushed me hard every day at the gym (which would be everybody), all while making it fun, I can’t thank you enough.  The only downside was that I had to be away from all of you for the last seven months because my days off had to be recovery time for me, but I’m planning on being around a lot more often again, and hopefully I can meet all the new people I don’t know very well and hopefully become a more involved member of the family again.

We miss you dearly Nick.  Your dedication, passion, and kind heart have paid off and a huge congratulations to you!  We’ll have a belated graduation party when you come back to town!

WOD 12.22.10

Bench Press 3×5
400m Run
15 Pull Ups
15 Deadlifts (Diane weight  or 60% of last work set)

24 Comments to "Graduation Day"

  • Tamme says:

    December 22, 2010 at 6:13 AM -

    Hi Nick,

    I’ve never met you, but quite inspired by your hardwork and

    You did it!!!!


  • melissa says:

    December 22, 2010 at 7:02 AM -

    holy toledo, nick! graduating right before christmas! what a great present. :) we need people like you out there fighting our fires: someone who not only wants the challenge, but loves the challenge. whichever station gets you will be lucky, indeed. congratulations!!!

  • xuan says:

    December 22, 2010 at 8:14 AM -

    Congrats Nick!! Very well said and look forward to you visiting and killing WODs again.

  • Anna says:

    December 22, 2010 at 8:38 AM -

    Way to go Rubel! So proud of you.

  • Al says:

    December 22, 2010 at 9:12 AM -

    Congratulations Nick! Can’t think of anyone who’s worked harder and deserves it more.

  • Becky says:

    December 22, 2010 at 9:38 AM -

    Yay NICK!!
    Congrats on this exciting feat. We’re all lucky to have you running around saving lives :)
    I totes cried when i read your thoughts, keep on inspiring us buddy!

  • Holley says:

    December 22, 2010 at 9:39 AM -

    Congratulations Nick! That’s quite an inspiring post and I look forward to getting to know you better now that you might get to spend a little more time at the box.

    What happened to the dubs in today’s WOD that Marcus was telling us about?

  • Anna says:

    December 22, 2010 at 10:02 AM -

    Becky is trying to steal Ruth’s superlative. That’s the 3rd time in a week she’s mentioned crying over something sappy! And I’m sure there are more that I haven’t heard of.

    1. ruth says:

      December 22, 2010 at 10:05 AM -

      Lol Anna! Do I get to keep my suprelative if I admit that I teared up when I read Nick’s post too?

  • Michael H says:

    December 22, 2010 at 10:07 AM -

    Nick congratulations brotha! We’re all proud of you! From the moment I met you, you had a goal in mind and now you’re enjoying the fruits of your labor.

    I’ve been privileged to have witness part of your journey and it has been inspirational!

  • Alia says:

    December 22, 2010 at 10:12 AM -

    Congratulations Nick! Good job, we will see you when you get back. Have an exciting and wonderful holidays! I look forward to hearing stories from the tower and partying it up here in LA.

    I have to find a similar body weight WOD. I got funny looks at my globo gym for doing the “12 Days” WOD. On the flip side my friend Janine and I did yesterdays WOD. . . Her first words before the workout were “That’s it? What do you do for the rest of the minute?” She got to 13 with and texted me this AM with “My quads are angry at me” Hahaha, love it!

  • Matt says:

    December 22, 2010 at 11:30 AM -

    Congrats Nick. I look forward to meeting you at CFI.

    As for today’s WOD, the row (sub b/c rain)into PUs is quite humbling. Not to mention DL into row.

  • Jake says:

    December 22, 2010 at 11:55 AM -

    Congrats man!

  • Brian says:

    December 22, 2010 at 12:00 PM -

    Congratulations Nick, Youve earned every bit of that. Enjoy your graduation and have a merry christmas! Hopefully a much deserved vacation as well!

  • Michael H says:

    December 22, 2010 at 12:09 PM -

    I’m not looking forward to today’s WOD, the movement transitions are going to be brutal. But I’d be a sissy if I didn’t show up…

    That’s right I’m calling out everyone that’s thinking about not showing up today! 😛

  • Michael H says:

    December 22, 2010 at 12:10 PM -

    Anyone planning on doing the UTC Challenge?

  • Nick says:

    December 22, 2010 at 12:32 PM -

    Congrats Nick (from the other Nick)!

  • Jason says:

    December 22, 2010 at 1:07 PM -

    Congratulations, Nick! I remember my first hill run at Intrepid when I started to slow down a blur and whoosh noise occurred as you passed me. I was happy to hear that you were in training for the fire academy! Be safe and have fun!

  • Xuan says:

    December 22, 2010 at 1:22 PM -

    I don’t mind being called out…just like I don’t mind missing today’s WOD! Actually, I already had dinner plans but otherwise I thought it kind of looked fun except for the PU part.

  • Pooja says:

    December 22, 2010 at 2:01 PM -

    Congratulations Nick!! so happy for you :)

  • Michelle says:

    December 22, 2010 at 2:26 PM -

    Congrats Nick!!!

  • Scott says:

    December 22, 2010 at 2:47 PM -

    Congrats Nick! That’s quite an accomplishment. The Henderson FD and all the people of Henderson are lucky to have you. We’re lucky to have you as a part of the CFI family. Looking forward to seeing you around the box a little more often. Merry Christmas!

  • Avelyne says:

    December 22, 2010 at 4:00 PM -

    Congrats Nick! So proud of your accomplishments! Henderson is lucky to have you!

  • Nick R says:

    December 22, 2010 at 11:29 PM -

    Thanks everybody! Miss you all, I’ll be home soon i promise!

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